Handcuffed to My 4-Leaf Clover

Summary: The Mayor comes up with a diabolical scheme to tear his enemies apart. Too bad he's working on old intel.

Warning: I don't know; maybe language and innuendo somewhere along the way.

Timeline: post season 3 'Lovers Walk'; Oz and Willow have broken up because of her kiss with Xander.

Challenge: #2789: '"I'm looking over a four leaf clover" Challenge' by halfbloodpuffskin and #2886: 'Handcuffs of love...' by Methos.

A/N: This is for the 'Hug a Donor' challenge. Thought I'd mix two together. Wasn't planning on posting another multi-chaptered story just yet, but you can thank jrabbit for coming up with this challenge that I just couldn't ignore. Yeah, it's all his fault! *giggle*

Thanks to my betas: zigpal, AerynSpeedleCaine and AshDawnSoulmates.

Disclaimer: BtVS characters belong to Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.

Chapter 1: The Mayor's Plan

Mayor's office

The not-so-honorable (well, he was when it came to evil things, but not overall) Mayor Wilkins looked at the item in front of him, then back at his vampire assistant. "You're sure about this?"

"All our sources – including that worm of a principal – say the girls are best friends. Doing this will tear that happy little group apart," Trick said with a gleeful evil smirk on his vampiric visage.

Turning the plan over in his head, the Mayor had to ask, "How do you know they even feel that way about each other?"

Trick leered at his boss. "Simple law of the jungle, boss. You put two predators together, they'll either want to kill each other…or fu--"

"Ah, ah, ah…watch your language!" the oddly prudish Mayor interrupted. "I see your point though. Either way will work in my favor. If the Slayer kills him, then the others will turn on her. If he kills her, then we have the broken Slayer to deal with – not a problem. If they get intimate, they'll be outcasts in their group. It's just dandy when a plan is win-win…for me, anyway."

"So we have the okay to move forward with the plan?" Trick asked, looking at the sorcerer they contracted for the original part of this little escapade.

The Mayor clapped his hand together joyfully – like a little kid on his birthday. "Yes, indeedy you do!"


Buffy looked at Willow's ex with a sad expression on her face. She couldn't figure out why Xander and Willow would do something so stupid. She wasn't exactly president of Cordy's fan club, but even Queen C didn't deserve what they did. And Oz… Buffy just felt horrible for the two wronged parties – even if she couldn't come right out and say it.

"I just wanted to tell you that even though you and Willow are going through a rough patch right now, we still consider you part of the group. If you need anything, just ask Faith, Giles or me. Got it? You're our friend, too, not just Willow's arm candy, though you are pretty cute – especially when you blush like that," she teased.

Chuckling softly, Oz gave her a rare smile…especially nowadays. "Thanks. I needed that. Just don't be surprised if I don't show up for a lot of Scooby meetings for a while; it's too hard to see her or him right now."

"I get it." Buffy nodded understandingly. She had a hard time being around Angel, and their situation was nothing like Oz's – apart from the painful reminders of what once was.

Just then Xander strolled up to them and slapped a pair of handcuffs on them, then walked away like nothing happened. Buffy looked at her left hand – which was now tethered to Oz's left hand – in disbelief. "What the hell? Xander?!" she yelled, but he kept moving like he didn't hear her.

When they finally caught up with him, Xander took in their joined hands with a raise of his eyebrow. "Umm, any special reason you two are cuffed? Practicing for your future in law enforcement, Buff?"

Oz glared at him, fighting to maintain his composure. "You did this to us."

"What are you talking about?" Xander asked, honestly confused.

Shaking her head in disbelief, Buffy pointed to where she and Oz were just standing. "Not two minutes ago, you came over and put these cuffs on us and walked away!"

Xander shook his head slowly, "No, I didn't. I don't remember doing it." His eyes widened in panic. "Oh my god, I don't remember anything since I went to the bathroom…half an hour ago! What happened to me?"

Buffy pinched the bridge of her nose, oddly mimicking her Watcher for a second. "You're obviously okay, Xan. I don't see any injuries on you. C'mon, let's go see Giles; maybe he can explain this to us." She looked between her and Oz for a minute, forgetting how they had managed to walk over to Xander. "Uh, I think this will be easier if one of us walks behind the other one."

Despite the awkwardness that would cause, Oz agreed that it would be easier than one of them walking backwards. "Good idea."

A/N: Next…Awkward moments.